Draw-me Tosca

Understand the plot in 1 minute

By Octave 05 June 2019


A Pasolinian landscape over which hovers the overwhelming image of a cross, symbol of the collusion between political and religious oppression: Pierre Audi’s reading divests the work of its ceremonial dress and strips bare its perfectly regulated tragic mechanism, the cogwheels of its drama which, from the raising of the curtain to the tragic downfall, operate with pitiless efficiency. With its transition from theatre to opera, Victorien Sardou’s play becomes the very symbol of operatic art. Is that because Tosca portrays a prima donna whose jealousy has weighty consequences for the destiny of her lover? The music overflows the drama to reveal the sensuality of its immortal heroine.  

This article is also available in the folder Tosca

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